SPECIAL CONNECTIONS

At St. James we with families to create unique worship, service, and fellowship opportunities for our friends with special needs.

SUNDAY SCHOOL

St James realizes the importance of families being able to attend Sunday worship TOGETHER.  Therefore, accommodations are available at the 11:00am Sunday worship service that will allow those living with disabilities the opportunity to worship in community and learn about the love of Christ.

In addition, St James provides special needs Sunday School programs for all ages. Children's Sunday School, appropriately called “God’s Party”, has structured curriculum and provides an environment that fosters success for children ages preschool through elementary. Through song, Bible stories & more, God’s Party is about celebrating God’s love for all of us.
 
Youth and Adults (middle school and older), the “Joys” Sunday School class, reaches out to provide exciting, adaptive curriculum that teaches about God’s love, acceptance, and His desires for our lives. This Sunday School class begins in the main sanctuary to enjoy the opening songs and prayer in our typical worship service and then moves to a classroom to begin the day's lesson.
 
Both of these Sunday School programs are self-contained, but integration into a typical classroom setting or service is available with or without a companion for those who would succeed in such an environment.

Contact Melissa Ewen, Director of Fellowship & Special Connections, to learn more or to just say hi and let us know you're coming. All are welcome!

ZOOM JOYS SUNDAY SCHOOL

In addition to offering our adult adaptive Sunday school class on campus, we also offer it online via Zoom. We gather digitally via Zoom video call and stream the opening worship time of our main 11:00AM service, then we will "walk" over to our Sunday school classroom together. This zoom gathering is so that we can all have the opportunity to be with friends, share prayer requests, have Bible study, and pray for one another during these times of COVID. We will continue to offer this option until we can all gather again physically. No registration or prior attendance required for our Zoom option. If you need help navigating the technology e-mail Melissa Ewen.

Sundays at 11:00am

ADULTS (18YRS AND OLDER)

JOYS Monthly Programming
The centerpiece of our adult programming is our monthly “JOYS” gathering. We typically meet on the second Friday of every month from 7pm – 9pm. The first hour, Joys of Jesus, is focused on worship with great music, a practical biblical message, and additional creative elements, such as skits, in which our guests are encouraged to be part of to reinforce the message of the evening.

At 8pm, we close worship and begin the social hour of the evening with everything from dances, to movies and more! Attending both hours is not necessary to be part of the JOYS experience, but if you do, you are guaranteed to have fun! Periodically throughout the year, JOYS will also go off-campus for social activities such as seeing a Rays game or a water ski show. Each year, come experience our annual “Red Carpet Affair” dance which attracts many from the community. JOYS is open to those who range in age from 18 years old to ageless. We currently meet from 7-8pm on Zoom as we still include fellowship, fun, and discipleship.

UPCOMING DATES
September- 10th
October- 8th

Currently JOYS is meeting on Zoom. We hope to get back to in person gatherings soon. This is contingent on COVID restrictions.

ADULT CHOIR

JOYS CHOIR
The JOYS Choir fosters an atmosphere of community, acceptance, and teamwork where our members use their voices to express themselves through music. Our JOYS Choir typically leads our worship set at our monthly JOYS gatherings as well as during traditional worship service at times throughout the year. The JOYS Choir is open to all adults with special needs. To find out more, please email Melissa Ewen.

YOUTH (6TH-12TH GRADE)

Fusion Inclusive is our brand new reverse inclusive youth group starting this September. Through fellowship, service, and fun youth in 6th through 12th grade are invited to enjoy a fun, social opportunity facilitated by trained and background checked adult volunteers. Fusion will offer both onsite and offsite opportunities for fellowship and service. A parent orientation is required prior to your youth's/family’s enrollment so we can be sure to learn all we can about our new friend before his/her first day. Fusion is an outreach program of St. James, Special Connections, and the Bridge and is open to ALL families in the Tampa community and beyond, regardless of religious affiliation.

UPCOMING DATES
Coming Soon!

This is contingent on COVID restrictions.


CHILDREN AGES 2 THROUGH 5TH GRADE

FriendZone is a monthly 3 hour special needs respite program that provides parents and caregivers a time of refreshment on designated Saturday mornings from 10am-1pm. Through art, music, games, and other activities, children ages 2 through 5th grade enjoy a fun, social opportunity facilitated by trained and background checked adult and youth volunteers. Siblings are not left out of the fun as they are able to participate in the SuperSibs program! Sibs ages 4-7 years can stay on the church campus to enjoy the FriendZone experience. Older sibs can be part of off-site fun, on designated Saturdays, participating in such activities as bowling, mini golf, movies, etc. A parent orientation is required prior to your child’s/family’s enrollment so we can learn all we can about our newest friend prior to arrival. FriendZone is an outreach program of St. James Tampa and Special Connections and is open to ALL families in the Tampa community and beyond, regardless of religious affiliation.

UPCOMING DATES
Coming Soon!

This is contingent on COVID restrictions.